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Panama is the southernmost country in Central America, situated between the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea. It currently has the largest economy in Central America and continues to grow rapidly. Panama has a tumultuous history of invaders and colonizers dating back to the Spanish conquest in 1538 and ending in 1999 when America gave back control of the canal to Panama. While Panama may be most famous for its canal, the diverse ecosystem is its most popular attraction. Although Panama is one of the smallest Central American countries, it is home to over 900 species of birds, 1500 species of trees, and 7000 species of plants. There are many large areas still relatively undeveloped, including Ancon Hill, which used to be an American military base and is now referred to as an “island of jungle” within Panama City, making it the only rainforest within a city in the world. From the beaded necklaces of the Embera Indians to the bright molas of the Kuna Yalas, and from the toucans in the tree canopies to the crocodiles in the Chagres River, Panama provides a stunning plethora of sites to explore and new cultures to encounter. This photo essay, taken in the summer of 2008, illustrates the country of Panama during a unique time of blending old world traditions with new world modernism.

RebeccaYale

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Rebecca Yale
RebeccaYale New York, New York, USA

Publish Date  September 18, 2009

Dimensions  Large Format Landscape  80 pgs Premium Paper, matte finish

Category  Travel

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leh5013

leh5013 says

Rebecca -- beautiful photos of Panama ...! Especially enjoy the wildlife moments you captured...! Looks like a wonderful trip! Keep photographing your travels -- you do an amazing job!

posted at 04:13pm Nov 09 PST

AdoptionLove

AdoptionLove says

To Rebecca,
Beautiful tribute to this country and its people. Stay inspired!
From, Rebecca

posted at 02:44pm Nov 08 PST

JimmyF67

JimmyF67 says

Very nice, strong talent at capturing animals.

posted at 11:48pm Oct 27 PST

linderm

linderm says

Some great pictures Rebecca. Thanks for sharing them. This has made me want to put Panama on my list of places to visit
monique

posted at 12:20am Sep 25 PST

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